Delta Telecom launches St. Petersburg’s first cdma2000 1X network

17 Dec 2002

Russia’s oldest mobile operator, St. Petersburg-based Delta Telecom, launched a cdma2000 1X network in the 450MHz frequency band yesterday, the first in Russia capable of providing subscribers with high-speed mobile data services at speeds of up to 153kbps. Delta hopes the new network, which operates under the banner Skylink, will enable it to steal market share away from the country’s dominant GSM operators, although analysts have predicted that the service will have a limited circle of subscribers and not prove a serious threat to GSM. The network, provided by Lucent Technologies, consists of a switch and 60 base stations in St. Petersburg and its suburbs; Delta plans to expand it to provide coverage in all of its licenced territories. The cellco will offer competitive tariff plans, including unlimited traffic for between USD50 and USD60 a month, compared to GSM operators Megafon and Mobile Telesystems which offer unlimited traffic plans of USD210 and USD199 a month respectively.